Selangor to start with only one foreigner against Terengganu

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The Red Giants' local players will have the opportunity to shine against the Turtles in their Group D Malaysia Cup clash tonight.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Selangor are set to take on Terengganu in their Group D Malaysia Cup match on Saturday with only one foreign player in the starting line-up.

The Red Giants head coach Maniam Pachaiappan told Goal that out of their four foreign players, only Francis Forkey Doe is fit enough to line up for them against the Turtles at kickoff.

Indonesian winger Andik Vermansah and Spanish forward Rufino Segovia has been injured since last week, while Nigerian centre back Ugo Ukah will be rested to avoid injuries, as he has played in almost all eight of Selangor's matches since July 1.

"They (Andik and Rufino) are not starting, but maybe they'll play in the second half. Only Doe is starting and we've given Ukah a rest.

"Tonight is the local boys' chance to shine especially the young boys like Kannan [Kalaiselvan], Syahmi [Safari], Adam [Nor Azlin] and Nama (Namathevan Arunasalam)," he explained in a telephone call.

Although they are currently leading the group, Maniam refused to commit to recording a win over the Turtles tonight. Instead, his aim is to avoid making the same mistakes they committed in their 3-1 league defeat to Felda United last Wednesday.

"In that match two of the opponents' goals were scored from set piece situations, while one came from our mistake.

"Tonight my players have to avoid repeating the same mistakes, avoid conceding, and we must be compact," remarked Maniam.

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